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Speak for the Salmon - Free the Snake. Honor and Respect Treaty Rights of the Nez Perce

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Speak for the Salmon - Free the Snake. Honor and Respect Treaty Rights of the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce). Every Voice is a Crack in a Dam.

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to restore wild salmon in the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia & Snake Rivers and their tributaries, once the greatest salmon rivers in the world. We can do this by removing four outdated and expensive dams on the lower Snake River.

For too long these 4 dams have impeded the rights of Nez Perce and other Northwest First Peoples to exercise Traditional Fishing Treaty Rights. The federal government promised the Nez Perce People the right to hunt and fish in their usual and accustomed places as part of the 1855 Treaty. The promise was broken.  It’s time to right this wrong.

Wild salmon, steelhead and pacific lamprey have been used by the Nez Perce People for subsistence, trade and ceremonial purposes for centuries. They are dying by the thousands due to these four outdated dams: Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, Little Goose and Lower Granite.

For nearly 20 years, despite five failed, illegal plans, the federal agencies have refused to remove these dams. But now a federal judge has directly ordered the government to develop a new salmon restoration plan and to consider dam removal.  

Now the agencies are seeking the public’s input on what they should do. For years scientists have said that removing the four deadly dams on the lower Snake is the single biggest step we can take to restore wild salmon to the river basin.  

In this changing climate, the dams are creating further risk to our salmon, creating hot water temperatures behind the dams in summer that kill fish.  Removing these four dams would open up a pathway for salmon to thousands of miles of pristine cold-water streams in the wilderness of central Idaho—creating an ark for salmon in a warming world.

The time is now to remove the four outdated, low-value, deadbeat dams on the lower Snake River. If we free the Snake River, we can save the salmon, honor Treaty Rights and bring about the biggest river restoration in history.

Please join with the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) to bring back the salmon by removing these four dams.


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